Following Gregg’s cancer diagnosis, Nene said her loyalty was tested, but that she’s “always been strong.” “My loyalty was tested, so tested,” she said, explaining that when Gregg got diagnosed she “felt like her marriage was lost” and once again found herself considering a break or a break-up or even a divorce.
“It’s been very hard,” Nene explained. “I’ve been with Gregg since I’m 28, he got my good years... I’ve been with him a long time, and I felt like I’ve put up with a lot of things... He was difficult to live with. I think he’s more aware of his tone [now], more aware, of trying to work on his patience.”
Nene said it’s the help from fans on social media that has gotten her through the bumps. “I’ve gotten a lot of help from social media... People lash out at the person that’s closest to them.”
Ultimately, she’s sticking to her vows this time and will stay with Gregg forever, despite how hard it’s been. “I know that I’m doing the right thing because I took a vow,” she said. “So I will stick with him through anything. I’m gonna ride with him ‘til the wheels fall off.”
It can be hard to tell where to draw the line when your partner's illness causes conflict in your relationship. The needs of the healthy partner are often overlooked during these times, reports Johns Hopkins Medicine.
"Assure your spouse that you love and support him or her. Listen if your spouse wants to talk, or just spend quiet time together. If possible, keep sharing routines that have been part of your life together—a TV movie and popcorn on Friday night, morning coffee and the daily newspaper, walking the dog," says the report.
Also, take the help people offer you, get informed about your partner's condition, and attend whatever appointments you can with them so they don't feel so alone.
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